'Wings of Desire'
My Story of Inspiration
I am Bugingo "Desire" Moses, born in 1994 into the polygamous family of Mr. Kyeyune Blasio and Mrs. Nkiinzi Grace. My mother was my father's 10th wife, I am 39th out of his 40 children, and the 5th child of my mother's 6 children.
I grew up in the village of Kizanyirizi, about 55km Northeast of Kampala. In our village, every wife had the difficult responsibility of taking care of her children on her own, because our fathers were not able to take care of all of us. My mum tried her best to keep us in school, but our situation was extremely tough because we had to first go and dig in the farms of other people in the village before going to school in the very early morning, and then return again to labour on the farms in the evenings so that we could collect a small amount of money and food for our families.
In 2005, I was given the opportunity to join the World Vision International program, a Christian relief organization that focuses mainly on the well-being of children within their families and communities.
World Vision really changed my life, because through their support I was able to receive free education and meet all the requirements. It was really good for our family, too. World Vision even gave me a goat, and my mum received a cow because she was working as a mobilizer to help World Vision to reach out to vulnerable children when they needed us most.
In 4 years, I was able to multiply my goat into 8, and I sold them to buy us another cow. My mother had already multiplied her cow into 3, and with mine, we had 4. These precious animals helped me and my siblings to continue with our studies, even after World Vision shifted its focus to aid another district.
I worked hard and was able to move up to an advanced level in school. My sisters went on to earn their university degrees. All with the help of that goat and cow we received from World Vision! I will never forget this. Livestock are valuable currency to us!
During the first Covid period, I was in the village growing maize and beans and also watermelons to earn capital. It was a large-scale farming project. I was able to rent 10 acres of land, but because the market for all goods was so down at that time, I decided to use my produce to feed around 200 homeless kids who were living on the streets of Kampala, as well as feeding poor families.
I had harvested tons and tons of maize and beans, and about 200 hungry kids were fed on that food every day. With the money I earned from selling my watermelons, I decided to rent 2 rooms in a slum area on the outskirts of Kampala to provide shelter for 34 vulnerable homeless kids, because our government had requested that all citizens help each other.
Today, it is illegal to feed street children. If a person is caught giving food or water to a street child, they are faced with high fines or imprisonment. This will not hinder me, and I will continue to help any child in need who crosses my path. It is worth the risk. No child should die from starvation or a lack of clean water.
After the lockdown was lifted, I set up a small business selling secondhand women's clothing to help pay for rent, basic supplies, and medical bills for the children, and also to help me feed and clothe them all, with the help of my sisters and mother. It is not nearly enough. Given the state of inflation and the pandemic crises, average working people in Kampala have little capital to spend, even on our secondhand items. The children we support are between the ages of 2 and 14, and their needs are great and varied. I am also a single father of three children of my own, two daughters and a son, whom my family is helping to raise.
These days, my business is barely providing enough to support all these needy children. This is why I have started the process of applying for NGO status that will allow Desire Child Care Organization to become fully realized. The cost is around $800US, so it will take time to achieve this level of operation. Meanwhile, we have been granted incorporation as a limited organization so we can receive funds. Upon incorporation, we opened a business bank account with Equity Bank Uganda, as well as a post office box for correspondence.
I am trying my best to find support everywhere possible to really change the lives of these and other vulnerable children. I hope you will join me in this cause, my friends. To us, supporters are part of our Global Desire Family.
It is my desire to have a piece of good land for farming, about 4 acres, and to create a residential education centre that will include safe, clean housing and educational facilities for our children and youth so they can be raised joyfully in nature, in a loving family environment, learn important skills, and look to the future with confidence and hope.
Normally, we would be growing maize, beans, vegetables and fruits on rented land to avoid food shortages, but Uganda is currently in the midst of horrible drought and famine. It will take time, rain, and funds to get back to where we were and work hard toward a sustainable future for our organization.
Thank you for your interest and support of this important project.
On the 10th of November, 2023, DESIRE CHILD CARE ORGANIZATION, became certified as an Indigenous NGO. File Number: MIA/NB/2023/11/5893
EQUITY BANK UGANDA
Desire Child Care Organization Limited
P.O. Box 109071
Kampala, Kasubi, Rubaga Division
Mobile: +256 755 608431
Swift Code: EQBLUGKA